Manitou Incline prepares for summer time mountain climbing within the metropolis of Colorado Springs
May 13, 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – As residents and visitors begin planning summer activities, including Memorial Day weekend activities, the Parks, Recreation, and Culture division is sharing a few reminders for those planning on hike the Manitou Incline. The free online reservation system that began last year still exists through a Memorandum of Understanding between the cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Hikers must show proof of their reservation and a parking permit.
“The first principle of Leave No Trace is to plan and prepare ahead of time,” said Gillian Rossi, park ranger supervisor. “I can’t think of more important advice when it comes to the incline. From making a free reservation, a parking plan, bringing plenty of water and snacks, to checking the weather before the hike, your entire experience will benefit once you do take the time to plan and prepare in advance. “
Reservations are possible between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Every 30 minutes, up to 65 people can reserve a seat between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., 45 people between 10:30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m., and 25 people between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Visit ColoradoSprings. gov / propensity to make a reservation up to a week in advance.
After making a reservation, users will receive a welcome email with the parking requirements, rules and regulations. Parking is available at Hiawatha Gardens for USD 1 / hour, or users can make a reservation and pay for parking at the Iron Springs Chateau. There is a free 22-person shuttle from Hiawatha to Incline that runs every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every 20 minutes from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. For those who don’t take the shuttle from Hiawatha, prepare for the 2.3 mile walk to the incline. Incline walkers are not allowed to park in the Barr Trail parking lot or along Ruxton Avenue and Winter Street. Barr Lot is only intended for those hiking in the Pike National Forest.
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